Saturday, April 25, 2009

Saturday Morning

Depending on the route, my ride to the Wabash Landing shopping center is about five miles. Since I've been spending my weekend mornings of late using the free WiFi at Panera to work on a programming project, I thought I could work a bike ride into the routine.

The weather couldn't have been better. Temps in the high 60s and a strong SW wind pushing me into town made for a comfortable ride. There was one less than pleasant occurrence when four unladen, speeding dump trucks passed me on the country road portion of River Road. The driver of the second truck (which I didn't realize was behind me at the time) thought it would be fun to honk and swerve towards me as he passed. I gave him a quick hand signal signifying he was number one and continued on.

Wabash Landing has many convenient bike racks located all over the grounds, it wasn't tough to find a spot to lock up while I was in the coffee shop.

Pedestrian Bridge
Pedestrian Bridge

After a couple of hours, I packed up for the next leg of the trip. My truck was parked at my wife's clinic over in Lafayette, so I pedaled over the river to pick it up. The bike rode in the truck bed on the way home.

Miles Ridden: 7.7

Friday, April 17, 2009

Morning Commute Turns Into a Morning Ride

The plan was to ride to work today, maybe cycle somewhere for lunch, and then back home after 5:00.

Instead, I ended up leaving very late after chasing the dog around the neighborhood, and arrived about a half an hour past the start of the work day. Just 15 minutes later, my daughter called from her school to ask me to bring the important homework papers that she had left at home. So, I pedalled back home.

In the interest of time, I used the truck to deliver the homework and get back to work. Didn't sit at my desk until 10:00!

Miles Ridden: 7.0

Thursday, April 16, 2009

How Do You Stop 'Em

Not much time after work today, but I was able to ride north on 400W up to US52 and back.

Tiny Waterfall

However, my heavy panting after climbing the small hill on 375W caused me to get hiccups. How do you get your mid-ride hiccups to stop? I tried holding my breath, but it's tough to pedal without oxygen. Next, I tried drinking water - no luck. Finally, I attempted what usually works at home, slow controlled breaths. Didn't work either. So, I gave up and pedaled through it.

Leave your suggestions in the comments.

One of the Dirtiest Horses I've Ever Seen

Miles Ridden: 9.0